The bane of suburban man. The car has made the suburban home possible. The garage has made it ugly. We build beautiful houses and then hide them behind large garages with ugly garage doors that dominate the view from the street.
I have plenty to say on this subject in a series of articles on how to overcome the garage door problem.
Let me summarize my thoughts here. A house is where we live. A garage is where we store something. The living should be what we present to the world. The storage thing should be subsumed, hidden from view if possible, but always minimized.
Too often, because of lot constraints and the need to house two cars, houses have a large garage at eye level, and hidden behind the garage somewhere a part of the house peaks out. Perhaps in some situations this is unavoidable, but too often it is avoidable and still built, ugly side out. We have simply come to accept it as normal. We buy houses that have this fault when the builder could have put the garage off to the side. Until we make these houses unpopular they will continue to be built and we will continue to live in neighborhood of garages rather than neighborhoods of homes.
Sometimes all you have to do is make it look better than your neighbor's house. Okay, that doesn't really solve the problem either, but the solutions suggested in my articles should at least make the garage doors look a lot better.
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What about this pseudo garage doors or wall
http://archdoc.mr926.com/social-green-house-darkitectura-2/29180/ I like that house, the look of it, to small, but seems nice. Editor's Response: …
Garage doors as main focus Not rated yet
I totally agree that the wide, sometimes contrasting color, garage doors on modern houses are an eyesore. What happened to the driveway that entered …